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Words and Music with Chaka Khan

Gilles is joined by Chaka Khan for a rare interview about her songs and her eventful life in music.

Gilles is back in the studio with a whole heap of musical vitamins, joining the musical dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond.

This week he is joined by Chaka Khan, whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the front woman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

In this rare interview Gilles talks in depth to the Queen of Funk about her back catalogue and her eventful life in music.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ahmad Jamal

    Minor Moods

    • Cadet/Argo.
  • Shaun Escoffery

    Time (Worldwide Dub)

    • Worldwide Dub.
  • Chaka Khan

    Any Old Sunday

    • Warner Brothers.
  • Chaka Khan


    • Ask Rufus.
    • ABC.
  • Jackson 5 Meets Daniel Crawford

    Dancing (Kon Edit)

    • White.

    Everybody Knows

    • Wonder Where We Land.
    • Young Turks.
  • Mammal Hands


    • Gondwana Records.
  • Gangs

    Run From The Thrill

    • White.
  • Flying Lotus

    Coronus, The Terminator

    • You're Dead.
    • Warp Records.
  • Chaka Khan

    Move Me No Mountain

    • Naughty.
    • Warner Bros..
  • Airto Moreira

    The Road Is Hard

    • Essential - The Very Best Of Airto Moreira.
    • Nascente.
  • Joe Sample

    Burnin’ Up The Carnival

    • Voices In The Rain.
    • MCA Records.
  • The Crusaders

    Sweet n Sour

    • MCA Records.
  • Summers Ended

    Summers Ended

    • Jazz Funk.
    • Ensign.
  • Chaka Khan

    What Cha Gonna Do For Me?

    • 'm Every Woman - The Best Of Chaka Khan.
    • Reprise Records.
  • Chaka Khan

    I’m Every Woman

    • I'm Every Woman - The Best Of Chaka Khan.
    • Reprise Records.
  • Chaka Khan

    I Know You (Kon Edit)

    • White.
  • Wanda Robinson

    A Possibility

    • Me And A Friend.
    • Perception Records.
  • Charles Stepney

    Les Fleur

    • GRT.
  • Rotary Connection

    I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

    • Stateside.
  • The Undisputed Truth

    Smiling Faces Sometimes

    • Power To The Mowtown People.
    • Motown.
    • 1.
  • Aurra

    Are You Single

    • Salsoul Records.
  • Rufus

    Feel Good

    • Rufus.
    • MCA.
  • Rufus/Chaka Khan

    Do You Love What You Feel

    • MCA.
  • Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan

    Pack’d My Bags

    • Rufusized.
    • MCA.
  • Yusef Lateef

    4th Movement Passacaglia

    • Suite 16.
    • Atlantic Records.
  • Charlie Parker

    Parker’s Mood

    • The Complete Savoy And Dial Studio Recordings.
    • Savoy Jazz.
  • Chaka Khan

    Sticky Wicked

    • Warner Bros.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Chaka Khan

    Be Bop Medley

    • Chaka Khan.
  • Prince

    I Feel For You

    • Warner Bros. Records.
  • Chaka Khan

    I Feel For You

    • The Divas Of Dance (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Rufus & Chaka Khan

    You Got The Love

    • Tell Me Something Good.
    • MCA.
  • Rufus & Chaka Khan

    Tell Me Something Good

    • Rags To Rufus.
    • MCA.
  • Chaka Khan

    And The Melody Still Lingers On

    • I'm Every Woman - The Best Of Chaka Khan.
    • Reprise Records.
  • Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan


    • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
    • abc Records.
  • Rulus & Chaka Khan

    Stay (LIVE)

    • Rufus And Chaka Khan Live.
    • Warner.
  • Chaka Khan

    Ain't Nobody

    • Reprise.
  • Kutiman

    Give It Up

    • Indie.
  • Hani el Katib


    • Innovative Leisure.
  • The Luther Ingram Orchestra


    • Hib Records.
  • Linda Jones

    Just Can’t Live My Life

    • Rhino Records ‎.
  • LV & Josh Idehen


    • Islands.
    • Keysound Recordings.
  • LV

    Angry Hiss

    • Keysound Recordings.
  • Kindness

    I’ll Be Back

    • Otherness.
    • Female Energy/Mom + Pop.
  • MSFB

    Mysteries Of The World


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